Invest in system change.
Invest in collective impact.
Invest in United Way.
Uniting the region around bold, inclusive ideas and solutions which can be brought to scale is a fundamental part of what we do at United Way to break the cycle of poverty.
As you consider your year-end giving, we hope you will consider an additional investment to support our groundbreaking work of collective impact. The recent study by The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy made the case for why investing in United Way of Greater Los Angeles is uniquely powerful:
On the toughest social issues, philanthropy and the public sector can catalyze change. That’s why United Way, in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, built a series of cross-sector partnerships over the past decade that drove systems change across the County and City, resulting in Prop HHH and Measure H, which have doubled the number of people moving out of homelessness in LA every year.
Long-term vision and focus matters. We’ve built a foundation of unprecedented collaboration around the issue of housing and homelessness. The next phase of ending this crisis will again takestrong philanthropic leadership and partnerships across all sectors to build a new field for innovative housing solutions across all 88 cities in LA County.
Collective impact works. We learned that system efficiency is not enough—we need to build public will and take action to protect and increase the region’s supply of affordable housing. Rallying support among business, labor, philanthropy and the public sector made the difference before, and it will again.
Before Prop HHH and Measure H, LA was producing on average 300 permanent supportive housing units per year, and we now have more than 8,000 units in the pipeline. It’s still not enough—and we have a plan for what’s next.
Over 600,000 people in L.A. County are spending more than 90% of their income on housing costs. These are our next faces of homelessness and must be a central focus of our work. Please join us as we continue to partner with civic, business, community and philanthropic leaders to write the next chapter in Los Angeles history, toward a sustainable affordable housing model for all our neighbors.
Thank you for your support in this movement, and let us know if you can make an additional contribution before the end of the year. I look forward to our next decade of collaboration and service to this community we love.
OUR COLLECTIVE IMPACT
We helped ensure more than 8,000 Prop. HHH-funded supportive and affordable housing units have been approved and are under construction. The first project, Safe Landing, celebrated its opening on Dec. 18
16 projects received funding from our Accelerating Permanent Supportive Housing competition, generating new ways to build affordable housing faster and cheaper
We’ve partnered with the team that created our Coordinated Entry System to launch a pilot project testing a new model (and potential system change) to more effectively connect people experiencing homelessness to employers and jobs
We expanded access to CalSavers, a retirement savings account for businesses with at least five employees or individuals who are self-employed
We mobilized City and County partners to open Winter Shelters a week early, in advance of Thanksgiving, due to cold weather and rains
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